Treating Whipworms in Dogs: Veterinarian reviewed information on the treatment options for dog Whipworms
Treatment and Prevention Whipworms are acquired when dogs ingest their eggs. There’s no surefire method of preventing this from occurring. Your veterinarian can confirm the presence of whipworms by checking your dog’s stool. This is not a test you can perform at home, unfortunately, and requires specialized veterinary equipment. Treatment from there follows the same general pattern as treatment for other worms. You’ll need to feed your dog medicine that kills the whipworms and their larvae and you’ll need to do so until you hit the end of the recommended treatment plan. Whipworms usually require two check-ups and multiple treatments to be completely eradicated.
Whipworm is extremely difficult to eliminate from infected soil. Dogs that have access to these areas often reinfect continuously. A specific treatment protocol is usually required for these dogs.
Whipworms in Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
WHIPWORMS ARE common in dogs and found throughout the United States
To identify a case of pinworms or whipworms a doctor or veterinarian will examine a fecal sample under a microscope to check for eggs. They are usually readily visible in the case of pinworms, but it may take several examinations to find whipworm eggs. This is because only a few eggs are shed at a time and they may not be present in every fecal sample, even if a dog has whipworms. Both humans and dogs are treated with worming medications to kill the worms. Several doses spread out over a period of days or weeks may be necessary to eliminate all of the worms. A dog may need regular preventive treatments for whipworms, since the eggs can survive for so long without a host.Whipworm treatment consists of an oral liquid dewormer. This dewormer is usually given for 3 consecutive days. This is repeated in three weeks and again in three months. It is often advisable to continue this three day course of treatment every three months to prevent reinfection if your pet will remain in the same environment. Treating your pet’s environment is equally as important as treating your pet since whipworm eggs can survive for several years in the environment. Thoroughly cleaning all surfaces in your home as well as picking up all feces outside will help to minimize the possibility for reinfection. If your dog continue to be exposed to whipworm eggs in the environment reinfection can occur within 10-60 days. Fecal samples should be checked at least annually in dogs with a history of whipworm infections.Whipworms can be an expensive treatment in dogs and can range from $250.00 to $500.00 depending on the cost of living and severity of your Dog's whipworms. On average, the national cost of treating whipworms in dogs is $300.00.Once again, treatment is a simple medication, usually repeated at least once to catch any recently hatched worms before they reinfect the dog. Since the eggs are shed in the infected dog's stool, prevention is a matter of common sense and common courtesy. Pick up after your dog and keep him away from the stools of other dogs. Regular fecal exams -- twice a year is best -- will catch a case of whipworms before it gets out of control.